Super Bowl Party Dip

This dip takes only minutes to make, is healthy and tastes divine. You might just be the life of the party. Serve with tortilla chips, pita wedges or even toasted bread.

2 jars of artichokes (about 24oz.)
1 can of cannellini beans
1 bunch of chives or green onions
2 cloves garlic
2T mayonnaise or Veganaise
1 egg
1/4 cup breadcrumbs (use a gluten free alternative, like ground oats, to make it GF)
1/2t salt
freshly ground pepper
shredded cheese to top (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Process onions, garlic, beans and artichokes in a food processor until smooth. Add mayo, egg, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper and process until thoroughly combined. Spread evenly in a baking dish and top with cheddar cheese (optional). Bake for 40 minutes, until lightly browned on top. Serve warm. read more

Meatless Monday Burgers

Let’s just get one thing straight. Veggie burgers in no way taste like hamburgers.

They resemble hamburgers, hence the name, but don’t try and fool your family into thinking their vegan burger is actually meat.

And if you do find a veggie burger that tastes like meat–I warn you, DO NOT EAT IT! Veggie burgers with chemical smells and tastes are just plain scary.

With that all said and done, let’s get down to business. These veggie burgers are by far the meatiest burgers around–as in meaty texture. They taste absolutely fabulous, and as with any good recipe, they are quick and easy to prepare. read more

Meet Rebekah Langford

Our Feed to Succeed family is growing! We welcomed several registered dietitians to our practice to help with our growing number of early intervention clients. This month, we are excited to introduce Rebekah Langford to our team. We love working with Rebekah and think you and your kids will too.

Rebekah joined our team in recent months, taking on many patients for Gia Diakakis, who is on maternity leave. She just received her certification for seeing early intervention clients and is now working with those patients as well. read more

Introducing All Kids Clinics

Central to our mission as nutrition providers at Feed to Succeed is an understanding that all children deserve the opportunity to receive nutrition support, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. That’s why we are proud to hold monthly clinics for clients with Illinois All Kids insurance. Children who receive early intervention services are already eligible to receive nutrition support, however once these kids age out of EI, they are no longer eligible for coverage. That leaves a lot of children left without nutrition services after age 3. read more

Cooking for 2016

I saw a recent New York Times post on roasted cauliflower (looks amazing, by the way!), with the advice to cook more, instead of trying to eat less for 2016. I couldn’t agree more. With mid-January already on its way, many of us by now have given up on unrealistic New Year’s resolutions. Cooking, though, is always a goal. Every time you accomplish the feat of putting a healthy meal on the table for your family, the next day of starting over again is right around the corner. Sometimes we make cooking a daily habit…and other times we get busy and distracted. read more

Grandma’s Christmas Cookies

When I was a little girl, we spent every holiday in a little farm town, in west-central Ohio where my mom grew up. My IMG_2857grandparents still lived in the house where my grandma was raised–the house that her father had built. They were farm people, with a German background. Food was central to all occasions and required real, old fashioned butter as a central ingredient.

These cookies are my first memory of Christmas cookies at Grandma’s house. As I grew older, baking cut out cookies and decorating them became an annual family tradition that I continue to carry on with my own children. When my grandma passed away four years ago, her cookie cutters were bequeathed to me, joining my own collection. We now have more than 40 holiday shapes, several with their own memory. read more

6 Ways to Survive So Much Food

With all the joy and family time approaching during holidays comes a lot of food. Pretty much any time with holidays brings a lot of food.

It takes a lot of discipline to keep from overeating when we’re surrounded by food for days at at time–in the office, in school and of course, at home. And, it takes a plan.

While nothing’s foolproof, we’ve come up with a few rules that help.

1. Serve from the kitchen: If you’re a guest, this rule won’t help you, but if you’re hosting meals over the holiday, serving from the kitchen minimizes how much you and your family will eat at any given meal. Keeping the food in the kitchen means we’re less likely to take too much or go back for seconds. read more

Welcome New Staff

Flori Brioni, RD

Flori Brioni, RD

I am thrilled to have welcomed several new dietitians to our team recently. Flori Brioni, MS, RD, LDN has already begun seeing some of my Early Intervention clients (now that our state has resumed coverage for these families!). Carmyn Zoler, RD, Leslie Stiles, RD and Rebekah Langford, RD will be joining us in the near future to see Early Intervention clients as well. I’m excited to be able to expand our reach, with the help of so many outstanding registered dietitians. Read more about how we serve EI clients. read more

What’s the Beef on Bacon?

Bacon, usually in the news for its popularity among foodies, recently received a major thumbs down from the World Health Organization. An international panel of experts convened by the WHO concluded in late October that eating processed meat like hot dogs, ham and bacon raises the risk of colon cancer and consuming other red meats “probably” raises the risk as well.

Sorry, Atkins Diet fans. Looks like excessive consumption of meat is not where it’s at.

For dietitians, though, we’re not alarmed. We’ve long recommended reducing meat consumption, which certainly includes the kinds that are salted, cured or smoked to enhance flavor and improve preservation. read more

Breast is best!

Congrats Gia Diakakis, RD on the birth of her first baby, Theodore Peter! What does a RD do in preparation of having a baby? She researches food, of course! For Gia, this meant completing a “Breastfeeding Basics” course at Evanston North Shore Hospital, which further increased her desire to breastfeed. She wrote the following prior to her maternity leave.

In working in the field of nutrition for the past 5 years, I have been made aware of the benefits of breast-feeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends to breast feed until 12 months of age. If you’re like me, it’s important to understand the rationale behind something before you jump on board. read more